FOOTBALL BOOKS AND RESOURCES

We get asked frequently about materials and resources that someone can acquire to learn more about the game and the evaluation process. Each semester we share this list with the students and ask for recommendations on books they felt helped them to learn something about a player, position, coach, scheme, etc.


Coaching Books:

  • AFCA - The Football Coaching Bible

  • AFCA - Defensive Football Strategies

  • AFCA - Offensive Football Strategies

  • AFCA - Complete Guide to Special Teams

  • Cody Alexander - Cautious Aggression: Defending Modern Football

  • Cody Alexander - Hybrids: The Making of a Modern Defense

  • George Allen - Complete Book of Winning Football Drills

  • Ken Anderson - The Art of Quarterbacking

  • Bill Arnsparger - Coaching Defensive Football

  • Steve Axman - Attacking Coverages with the Passing Game

  • Brian Billick - Developing an Offensive Game Plan

  • LeCharles Bentley - Building The Block: The Definitive Guide to Building Offensive Line Athletes

  • Earl Browning - The Ultimate Football Coaching Manual: By the Experts

  • Andrew Coverdale and Dan Robinson - The Bunch Attack

  • Doug Farrar - The Genius of Desperation: The Schematic Innovations that Made the Modern NFL

  • Sid Gillman - Father of the Passing Game

  • Dan Gonzalez - Concept Passing: Teaching the Modern Passing Game

  • Al Groh - Coaching Football's Special Situations

  • Ray Guy - Football Kicking and Punting

  • Frank Henderson and Mel Olson - Football's West Coast Offense

  • Ron Jenkins - Quarterback Play: Fundamentals and Techniques

  • Ted Kluck - Upside Down Football: An Inside Look at Long Snapping in the NFL

  • Dub Maddox - Adapt or Die: Advancements to Accelerate Execution in Modern Passing Game

  • Dub Maddox - What is Open?

  • Gus Malzahn - The Hurry-Up, No-Huddle: An Offensive Philosophy

  • Greg McMackin - Coaching the Defensive Backfield

  • Joe Montana - The Art and Magic of Quarterbacking

  • Howard Mudd - The View from the O-Line

  • Jay Norvell - Complete Wide Receiver

  • Tom Olivadotti - Coaching Pattern-Read Coverage

  • Don Read - Complete Quarterbacking

  • Rex Ryan - Coaching Football's 46 Defense

  • Fritz Shurmur - Coaching the Defensive Line

  • Fritz Shurmur - Coaching Team Defense

  • Homer Smith - The Complete Handbook of Clock Management

  • Cameron Soran - The Pass Coverage Glossary

  • Lou Tepper - Complete Linebacking

  • Rick Trickett - Complete Offensive Line

  • Nike Coach of the Year Clinics - Football Manuals

  • 8 Free Online Coaching Clinic Videos

Scouting Books:

  • George Allen - How to Scout Football

  • Steve Belichick - Football Scouting Methods

  • Daniel Kelly - Whatever it Takes: The true story of a fan making it into the NFL

  • Pat Kirwan - Take your eye off the ball

  • Tony Razzano - Secrets of an NFL Scout

  • Pete Williams - The Draft, A Year Inside The NFL's search For Talent

General Manager, Decision Making, and Leadership Books:

  • Bobby Bowden - Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith and Football

  • Bobby Bowden - The Bowden Way: 50 Years of Leadership Wisdom

  • Tom Callahan - The GM: A Football life, a Final Season, and a Last Laugh

  • Tom Coughlin - Earn the Right to Win: How Success in Any Field Starts with Superior Preparation

  • Tony Dungy - Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance

  • John Feinstein - Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today's NFL

  • Joe Gibbs - Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success

  • David Halberstam - Education of a Coach

  • David Harris - The Genius: How Bill Walsh Reinvented Football and Created an NFL Dynasty

  • Woody Hayes - You win with people!

  • Michael Holley - War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team

  • Lou Holtz - Wins, Losses, and Lessons

  • Jimmy Johnson - Turning the thing around: My Life in Football

  • Mike Leach - Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life

  • Michael Lombardi - Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL

  • Buddy Martin - Urban's Way, the Florida Gators and his plan to Win

  • Urban Meyer - Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life

  • Bill Parcells - A Football Life

  • Wade Phillips and Vic Carucci - Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life

  • Bill Polian - The Game Plan; The Art of Building a Winning Football Team

  • Christopher Price - The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL

  • Nick Saban - How Good Do You Want to Be?: A Champion's Tips on How to Lead and Succeed at Work and in Life

  • Phil Savage and Ray Glier - 4th and Goal Every Day: Alabama's Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

  • Bo Schembechler - Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership

  • Peter Torney - The Thursday Speaches: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Football from Coach Don James

  • Amy Trask - You Negotiate Like a Girl: Reflections on a Career in the National Football League

  • Bill Walsh - Finding the Winning Edge

  • Bill Walsh - The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership

  • Bill Walsh - Building a Champion: On Football and the Making of the 49Ers

  • Ron Wolf - The Packer Way: Nine Stepping Stones to Building a Winning Organization

Non Football Specific Leadership Books:

  • Geoff Colvin - Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

  • H.A. Dorfman - Coaching the Mental Game: Leadership Philosophies and Strategies for Peak Performance in Sports, and Everyday Life

  • W. Timothy Gallwey - The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

  • Atul Gawande - The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

  • Jon Gordon - You Win in the Locker Room First

  • Jon Gordon - The Energy Bus

  • Phil Jackson - Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

  • John Wooden - Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

Other Football Books:

  • Truman Alexander - Crystal Magnates: Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and the Principles of Dominance

  • John U. Bacon - Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football

  • John U. Bacon - Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football

  • John U. Bacon - Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football

  • Brian Billick - More than a Game

  • Steve Bisheff - Always Compete

  • Mark Bowden - Bringing the Heat

  • Chris Brown - The Essential Smart Football

  • Chris Brown - The Art of Smart Football

  • Earnest Byner - Everybody Fumbles

  • Yogi Roth and Pete Carroll - Win Forever

  • Nicholas Dawidoff - Collision Low Crossers

  • Frank Dupont - Game Plan

  • Bruce Feldman - The QB

  • Bruce Feldman - Meat Market

  • Football Gameplan - Stiff-Arming Football Myths

  • Football Gameplan - Football: A Love Story

  • Football Gameplan - What did football teach me

  • Anthony Gargano - NFL Unplugged

  • Timothy Gay - The Physics of Football

  • Ray Giler - How the SEC became Goliath

  • Bob Glauber - Guts and Genius: The Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Came to Dominate the NFL in the '80s

  • Vic Carucci and Jon Gruden - Do You Love Football?

  • S.C Gwynne - The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football

  • John Heisler - Faith Restored: The Resurgence of Notre Dame Football

  • Jerry Izenberg - No Medals for Trying: A Week in the Life of a Pro Football Team

  • Nate Jackson - Slow Getting Up

  • Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell - The Games that Changed the Game

  • KC Joyner – Blindsided: Why the Left Tackle is Overrated and Other Contrarian Football Thoughts

  • Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict - The System

  • Tim Layden - Blood, Sweat, and Chalk: How the Great Coaches Built Today's Game

  • John Madden - One Knee Equals Two Feet

  • David Maraniss - When Pride Still Mattered : A Life Of Vince Lombardi

  • Gary Myers - Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches

  • Gary Myers - Brady vs Manning

  • Robert Peters - The Melting Pot: How to Acclimate Old NFL Concepts into your High School or College Offense

  • Bill Rabinowitz - Buckeye Rebirth - Urban Meyer, an Inspired Team and a New Era at Ohio State

  • Dave Revsine - The Opening Kickoff

  • Mark Saltveit - The Tao of Chip Kelly: Lessons from America's Most Innovative Coach

  • Mark Schofield - 17 Drives: College Football's 2015 season, One Game at a Time

  • Leigh Steinberg - The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game

  • Christopher Walsh - Nick Saban vs College Football

  • Paul Zimmerman - The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football

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